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Technical Front suspension 53 belair

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 19chevy53, Feb 12, 2016.

  1. 19chevy53
    Joined: Nov 18, 2008
    Posts: 112

    from Nanaimo

    Just got a set of dropped uprights for my belair, got the spindles installed and am now at the point of installing the springs. What's the best way to compress the front springs on the old Chevys, I looked in the manual and the way the show how to do it just looks really scetchy to me. Any tricks or advice would be much appreciated!

  2. 55willys
    Joined: Dec 7, 2012
    Posts: 1,596


    Jack under the end of the lower control arm. Let the weigh of the vehicle do the work for you. Just be careful as there is a lot of energy in a compressed spring. Works best with the engine in for weight.
  3. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 5,782


    As above, or a threaded rod and plate through the vacated shock absorber hole, to pull the spring up into the pocket compressing it. Only the LOWER arm works against the spring, not both, like most cars.
    I am Butch/56sedandelivery.

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